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vortex

  
  ( vortexes    plural)   ( vortices    plural  )
1       n-count   A vortex is a mass of wind or water that spins round so fast that it pulls objects down into its empty centre.  
The polar vortex is a system of wintertime winds.     
2       n-count   If you refer to a situation as a vortex, you feel that you are being forced into it without being able to prevent it.  
usu sing, with supp  
When marriages break down children are swept into the vortex of their parents' embittered emotions.     
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vortex

  
  
eddy, maelstrom, whirlpool  

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See also:

vote, voter, vole, volt

polar vortex n.
a large pocket of very cold air, typically the coldest air in the Northern Hemisphere, which sits over the polar region.

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